Omicron: Indian travellers to face stricter quarantine restrictions in Japan  |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
In an effort to curb the spread of the new Covid-19 variant, Japan will add India and a few other nations to the watch list of countries from where passengers will face stricter quarantine restrictions upon entry to the archipelago.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno Friday announced the new entrants to the list in a press conference on Friday, as the country faces the threat from omicron— the name given by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to the new Covid variant, first detected by South African health agencies.
Japanese nationals, as well as foreigners travelling to the East Asian nation from Greece, Romania, India and four US states, will now face additional screening starting Sunday.
Travellers from these countries and US’ Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, and New York will be required to mandatorily spend 3 days in quarantine in a government facility and the remainder of the two-week isolation period at their destination address.
The three-day quarantine at a government-designated facility for travellers applies to several nations including Australia, Ecuador and France, reported The Japan Times.
The latest travel restrictions come at a time when the world economy was just beginning to gather pace after the great covid shutdown of 2020. As the news of the new variant emerged, India’s Ministry of Home Affairs recently announced the rollback of its decision to allow international travel from December 15.
Scheduled international passenger services from India have been postponed till March 23, 2020. International travel for Indian citizens has been restricted till just 28 countries with which India has bilateral air bubble agreements. These include Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Canada, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, the Maldives, Nepal, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Ukraine, UAE, the UK, US, and Uzbekistan.